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Some of you know, I run awfulannouncing.com and we spitball all things sports media.
Have to say, this run of Dan Dakich has made me a fAn. I know some here aren't fans, but he cracks me up and I generally agree with his strong opinions.
I don't think that many announcers actually make me laugh but a couple of times Dakich had me and I thought he had great chemistry with Tirico who is a real pro at play by play.
Tirico plays it straight and Dakich just comes in bumbling with some nugget of humor or analysis and Tirico usually enjoys the ying yang in how they approach their jobs.
You can really tell how much of a pro Tirico is as he was all over anything that came up during the blowout. He knew Ravenel's points had gone down in Big Ten play, that Ross tweeted about lack of PT, and a lot of other under the radar story-lines that are often missed by national play by play guys.
I was impressed and have to say college basketball is probably the thing ESPN does best.
Best part was when Tirico mentioned Illinois's point guard had transferred in because of his graduate program and Dakich just totally blew up that angle by basically saying he purposely found a graduate program that Illinois offered that his school didn't so he could transfer and get away from a new coach.
This post was edited by bennybuckeye on 2/22/2012 at 1:33 PM
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He is very good, enough technical discussion but not Knight's overly coachy style. Completely focused on game at hand, not his agendas (Vitale). Seems to really enjoy his job.
They HATE him on the MSU site (which is funny because he adores Izzo and D.Green)
I like him, I think he's good, not biased, and is quick on the trigger.
Don't mind him at all
I enjoy him also. He knows the game of basketball and isn't afraid to say if something is good/bad. I would say I like to listen to him and Coach Knight the most, of the ESPN guys.
I think he is great. He called out Ted Valentine when we were playing Mich. St. by saying something like he was tired of seeing big theatrics from the refs -- right after Teddy V. made some big gesture.
Dakich has cred because he has played and coached the game at this level....He knows what he is talking about...
Yep agree. Love him calling Sully & co. out with the "grab ass" comment a month ago (for which he was ridiculed on this board but 100% correct) and then following up last night with insights about the intense shoot-around Matta ran pregame.
Dakich and Tirico are my favorite duo this year.
It's hard to tell when you're being biased watching college B Ball, the games these guys have called they've pretty much called it the way I see it, so either they're good and unbiased, or they have the same slants as me which is just as good in my book. Dakich is good for spicing up a boring run in the games too.
I'm a Dan Dakich fan! He is very good at what he does and I feel he is telling it the way it is. He is not afraid to call out the refs or say if the call was a good one or not. A breath of fresh air compared to Dick Vitale. I see a long and successful career for him at ESPN.
I think Dakich is very fair and at times even favors the Bucks. I don't get the Dakich hate calling him a homer. I think he has knowledge, plus he played and coached so it gives him a lot to draw from.
Dakich makes it clear that he knows what he is talking about, but I get sick of his negative comments. He rarely has anything good to say about a player. It is usually something like, "he really screwed that up" or "that was the last thing he should have done". I appreciate some x's and o's, but he doesn't have to completely demean the players all the time for making mistakes.
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